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Frank Mir vs. Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira I

Co-Main Event | UFC Interim Heavyweight Championship | 265 lbs

Frank Mir defeats Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira via KO/TKO at 1:54 of Round 2

Mmaweekly large Frank Mir
Mmaweekly large Antônio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira

Mir
KO/TKO
Round 2

11-3-0   Pro Record At Fight   31-4-1
Climbed to 12-3   Record After Fight   Fell to 31-5
+278 (Moderate Underdog)   Betting Odds   -345 (Moderate Favorite)
Challenger   Title   Interim Champion
Us United States   Nationality   Br Brazil
Las Vegas, Nevada   Fighting out of   Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
29 years, 7 months, 3 days   Age at Fight   32 years, 6 months, 4 days
251.0 lbs (113.9 kgs)   Weigh-In Result   246.0 lbs (111.6 kgs)
6'3" (190cm)   Height   6'3" (191cm)
79.0" (201cm)   Reach   77.0" (196cm)
Jackson Wink MMA   Gym   Team Nogueira
UFC 92
  • Bout Information
  • Event: UFC 92: The Ultimate 2008
  • Date: Saturday 12.27.2008
  • Referee: Herb Dean
  • Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
  • Bout Billing: Co-Main Event (fight 9 of 10)
  • Pro/Am: Professional
  • Weight: 265 lbs (120.2 kg)
  • TV Commentary: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
  • Broadcast: Aired Live on Main Card
  • Post-Fight Interviewer: Joe Rogan
  • Mir Total Disclosed Pay: $90,000
  • Nogueira Total Disclosed Pay: $250,000
  • Title on Line: UFC Interim Heavyweight Championship
  • Belt Status Before Fight: N/A
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Mir vs. Nogueira I Wiki Update Wiki

Following opposing coaching stints on the eighth season of the popular Spike TV reality show The Ultimate Fighter, heavyweight veterans Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Frank Mir faced off in a highly-anticipated year-end event in the co-main event of UFC 92. While Nogueira was considered to be a heavy favorite heading into the fight by most fans and industry analysts, Mir knocked him down several times in the first and second rounds, finally becoming the first man to finish the legendary Brazilian fighter inside of the distance with a series of unanswered shots to the chin in the second round.


“The reality show is over,” Nogueira said in the lead-in to the fight, “now it’s me and Frank, and I can’t wait to put my hands on him.” “The game plan is to use the striking to try to stun him, to loosen him up,” Mir said. “I have to grab a submission and not let go because I don’t think he’s going to tap, but if I disfigure a limb, I know the referee will come in and stop it.” Mir entered the cage first, looking energetic and confident as he jumped up and down. Rogan: “He’s one of the most intelligent guys to ever fight in MMA, but his dedication has always been a thing that’s been questioned.” Nogueira entered the cage second. Goldberg: “Nogueira has never been stopped, and has been in the deep deep water on frequent occasion.”


Adopting a southpaw stance, Mir boxed with Nogueira for the majority of the first round, varying his striking and confusing the Brazilian champion as he won nearly every exchange. Minotauro, for his part, looked a step slower than in previous outings, and was having trouble reacting to Mir’s attacks. Mir knocked Nogueira down twice with strikes in the first round.


The second round saw more of the same. Mir continued to pick Nogueira apart before landing a pair of devastating left crosses that sent the Brazilian to the canvas for a third time. Mir followed him down and landed several unanswered shots, which forced referee Herb Dean to call a halt to the action at the 1:54 mark.


“I faced a lot of demons after my wreck,” Mir said after the fight, referencing the motorcycle accident that forced him to abdicate his heavyweight title. “To come back and face the best heavyweight to ever fight after what I’ve gone through; I didn’t even think I could beat Nogueira.” Although Mir’s stock rose considerably following the win, information leaked several weeks after the fight that Nogueira had battled a serious staph infection that left him in the hospital for a significant amount of time during his training camp, causing some to question the win.

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